Socialist International condemns violence in Kashmir, urges renewed efforts toward peace

15 May 2002

The Socialist International condemns the devastating attack that left dozens of people dead, including many women and children, at an Indian army camp in Kashmir. Those responsible seem determined to worsen the already difficult relations between India and Pakistan.

The International therefore urges both countries to do everything possible to reduce tensions, starting with greater efforts to find the common ground necessary to get a peace process for Kashmir on track, as the International most recently advocated at the meeting of the SI Asia-Pacific Committee in Manila in April.

The International also recognises and values the work of civil society organisations for democracy in Kashmir and will continue to support all initiatives for the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir conflict.